Prince William Invites Members of His Air Force Squad to His Wedding

04/14/2011 at 11:20 AM EDT

Prince William, Kate Middleton Wedding: Invitations Go to Royal Air Force
Queen Elizabeth II visits grandson Prince William at RAF Valley
Sprinkled among the nobility and other honored guests at Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 29 wedding: members of his Royal Air Force search and rescue squad.

"It's a great honor," flight commander Iain "Spike" Wright," 42, who is the prince's line manager, told U.K.'s The Telegraph about getting an invitation. "Then I relaxed and thought, 'This is actually going to be quite good fun.' "

Other members of the squad say they're looking forward to attending, along with their spouses.

"First of all, I couldn't believe it," flight lieutenant Thomas "Sticky" Bunn, 38, told the paper. "My wife certainly couldn't. When that envelope drops through the door with a Buckingham Palace stamp on it, it's not something you see everyday."

And Bunn says Prince William is a pleasure to work with.

"He's a really nice guy to have in the squadron," he says.

Added Wright: "He is a natural. He just seems to be able to cope with everything we throw at him."

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